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Russell Johnson ACTOR

Russell Johnson was born on November 10th, 1924 in Ashley, Pennsylvania with the middle name David.  He was raised in Pennsylvania and as a young boy his father passed away and he was sent to a boarding school called, Girard College with his brothers in Pennsylvania to complete his education.
He then joined the Army Air Corps during World War II and upon completing his military service, he used the G.I. Bill to study acting at a Hollywood drama school, however remained active in the Army as a reserve for twelve years.  
It was during this time that he was discovered by Paul Henreid, who chose to cast Johnson in the film, "For Men Only" (1952).
Soon he began to work more and starred in a number of Westerns and Sci-Fi films such as, "Law and Order" (1953) starring future President Ronald Reagan, "It Came from Outer Space" (1953), "Ride Clear of Diablo" (1954), "This Island Earth" (1955), "Attack of the Crab Monsters" (1956) and "The Space Children" (1958).
Along with working as a film actor he also appeared in on a number of television series early on in his career such as, "City Detective", "The Silent Service", "The Dupont Show with June Allyson", "Breaking Point" and "Black Saddle". 

He is most well known for his role as, Roy Hinkley, simply called 'The Professor' in the classic comedy television sitcom, "Gilligan's Island" (1964-1967) for 99 episodes costarring with Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus, Dawn Wells, Tina Louise and Natalie Schafer.  He also costarred in a sequel "Rescue From Gilligan's Island" (1978). Following this series ending he remained working in the industry appearing on a variety of films as well as television shows.  Some of his later credits include the television series, "The Invaders", "Death Valley Days", "Ironside", "Gunsmoke", "Lassie", "Santa Barbara", "Dynasty" and "Dallas". 

Later film role credits he added to his resume were on, "Hitchhike to Hell" (1977), "Off the Wall" (1983) and "Blue Movies" (1988).  Most recent television roles include, "Monsters", "My Two Dads", "Roseanne" and "Meego".    

Russell Johnson has married three times throughout his lifetime, first to Edith Cahoon in 1943 however by 1948, this marriage came to an end.  He then married Kay Cousins Johnson in 1949 and they had two children together and remained married until she passed away in 1980.  His third and last wife was Constane Dane and they wed in 1982 and resided in the state of Washington.  He is for he most part retired from the industry and on occasion will make guest appearances on a number of television shows. 
He lost one son, David to AIDS.  Since then, Johnson is a longtime volunteer to AIDS research fundraising.

Russell Johnson passed away on January 16, 2014 at his home in Washington at the age of 89 with his wife and daughter at his side.


1997   Meego 

1996   Hellbender 

1995   Roseanne 

1992   With a Vengeance

1991   Santa Barbara 

1989   My Two Dads

1988   Monsters

1988   Mathnet

1988   Blue Movies

1987   Knots Landing

1987   ALF

1986-1987  Dynasty

1987   Newhar

1987   Fame 

1986   Dallas 

1986   Robotech II: The Sentinels 

1983   Off the Wall

1983   Buffalo Bill 

1982   The Jeffersons

1982   Gilligan's Planet 

1982   Kill Squad

1981   The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island 

1981   Bosom Buddies

1980   Days of Our Lives 

1980   Beyond Westworld 

1980   The Great Skycopter Rescue

1979   The Castaways on Gilligan's Island 

1978   Lou Grant 

1978   The New Adventures of Wonder Woman 

1978   Rescue from Gilligan's Island

1978   The Bastard 

1978   Police Story

1978   The Ghost of Flight 401 

1977   ABC Afterschool Specials

1977   MacArthur

1977   Nowhere to Hide

1977   McMillan & Wife

1977   Hitch Hike to Hell

1976   Rich Man, Poor Man - Book I

1976   Collision Course: Truman vs. MacArthur

1975   Mobile One 

1975   Three Days of the Condor 

1974-1975  Cannon

1975   You Lie So Deep, My Love

1975   Adventures of the Queen

1974   Mannix

1974   Aloha Means Goodbye 

1974   The New Adventures of Gilligan 

1974   The Man from Independence

1973   Beg, Borrow, or Steal 

1973   The Horror at 37,000 Feet

1971-1973  Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law 

1957-1972  Gunsmoke 

1972   Ironside

1971   O'Hara, U.S. Treasury 

1971   Marcus Welby, M.D. 

1971   Vanished 

1971   The Young Lawyers 

1970   San Francisco International Airport 

1968-1970  The F.B.I.

1970   That Girl 

1970   The Movie Murderer 

1958-1969  Lassie

1969   Cry for Poor Wally

1961-1968  Death Valley Days

1968   Felony Squad

1968   The Big Valley 

1967   The Invaders

1964-1967  Gilligan's Island 

1965   The Greatest Story Ever Told

1964   Invitation to a Gunfighter 

1964   A Distant Trumpet

1964   The Outer Limits 

1964   The Greatest Show on Earth 

1963   77 Sunset Strip

1963   The Farmer's Daughter

1963   Breaking Point

1963   Rawhide

1961-1963  Laramie

1963   Empire

1963   The Eleventh Hour

1961-1963  Hawaiian Eye

1963   The Dakotas

1962   G.E. True

1957-1962  Wagon Train 

1962   Ben Casey

1962   The Wide Country

1962   The Law and Mr. Jones

1957-1962  Tales of Wells Fargo 

1962   Route 66 

1961   Adventures in Paradise 

1961   The Detectives

1961   Alcoa Premiere

1961   Ripcord 

1961   The Deputy 

1960-1961  Twilight Zone 

1961   Thriller

1960   The DuPont Show with June Allyson 

1959-1960  Black Saddle 

1959   Riverboat

1959   Lawman

1959   Border Patrol 

1958   Rescue 8

1958   The Californians

1958   Steve Canyon 

1958   The Saga of Hemp Brown

1958   Badman's Country 

1958   The Space Children

1958   Jefferson Drum 

1957-1958  The Silent Service

1958   Flight 

1957   Casey Jones

1956-1957  The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin

1957   Courage of Black Beauty

1955-1957  Lux Video Theatre

1957   Code 3

1957   Rock All Night 

1957   Alfred Hitchcock Presents 

1955-1957  Cavalcade of America 

1957   Attack of the Crab Monsters 

1956   Circus Boy 

1956   You Are There 

1955-1956  Crossroads

1956   Celebrity Playhouse

1956   Climax!

1956   God Is in the Streets

1955   Kings Row 

1955   The Lone Ranger 

1955   This Island Earth 

1955   The Touch of Steel

1955   Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki

1955   Strange Lady in Town 

1955   Many Rivers to Cross

1954   Black Tuesday

1954   City Detective

1954   Rogue Cop

1954   Johnny Dark

1954   Demetrius and the Gladiators 

1954   Taza, Son of Cochise 

1954   Ride Clear of Diablo 

1953   Tumbleweed 

1953   The Stand at Apache River 

1953   It Came from Outer Space 

1953   Column South

1953   Law and Order 

1953   Seminole 

1953   Adventures of Superman

1952   The Turning Point

1952   Back at the Front

1952   Loan Shark

1952   Rancho Notorious

1952   For Men Only

1950   Fireside Theatre 

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